What’s going on with the Titans at safety?

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The Titans have been trying to upgrade the safety position since the draft, when they signed undrafted rookie free agent Tony Joiner.
Last week they had four safeties visit, veterans Adam Archuleta and Deke Cooper and undrafted rookie free agents D.J. Wolfe and Rocky Schwartz. Now they’ve signed Schwartz, giving them seven safeties on the roster.
I don’t know what this means about Chris Hope’s neck injury but it definitely means they want to have some insurance. Perhaps this is also an attempt to upgrade the depth and create some competition at the position.
There are several things we can read into this. It doesn’t appear the Titans are entirely satisfied with Calvin Lowry and may not have a lot of confidence in him, though he played better at the end of last year than he did in the first part of the season.
It also doesn’t bode well for Donnie Nickey, who has only managed to hang on to a roster spot for the last several years through his special teams play.
This will be another interesting position to keep an eye on in training camp.
On a related note, I came across a good read recently. It describes how Titans chief scout C.O. Brocato attempted to sign several undrafted rookie free agents, including Schwartz, after the draft. Enjoy.

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7 Responses to “What’s going on with the Titans at safety?”

  1. Dave Says:

    Thanks, Andrew. That was a very good read.

  2. Drexel Perry Says:

    Archuleta’s coverage skills are horrible but he is decent against the run. He was an outright bust in Washington after signing a lucrative contract and didn’t do too well during his reunion with Lovie Smith in Chicago last year.
    Color me not excited about the prospect of Archuleta coming to town.
    I’ll echo Dave’s sentiments on the article about Brocato. A very fascinating and in-depth look at what goes on behind the scenes on draft weekend.

  3. Tom Gower Says:

    Please no Archuleta, please, please, please.
    I don’t know what’s going on at safety. Maybe a lot of cover-1 this year with an extra corner.
    I meant to link to the Brocato piece a while back; guess I read it at work and forgot to email myself the link.

  4. Brad Says:

    I think we might be trying to sign a safety in order to provide depth at corner. I know we have a ton of corners, but after Harper, Finnegan, and Hill we really don’t have anybody talented. By bringing in a safety that puts Griffin back at corner and suddenly the titans don’t have any glaring holes in their roster (except reciever, but I’m gonna give these guys one last shot if they don’t produce this year, we need to clean house next year), Anyway GO TITANS!

  5. Scott Says:

    The Titans must just be doing their homework on these guys – just in case. If Hope or Griffin were to go down for any period of time, there isn’t much depth behind Lowry. I don’t think anyone in the organization sees Fuller or Nickey as a starter at safety. And one of the two undrafted rookies, Joiner and Schwartz, are, at best, special teamers this year.
    If there is a season ending injury to one of our two starters, the Titans will have to consider signing the best available free agent – an if that is Cooper or Archuleta, then that’s who we have to sign.
    I agree with you Andrew. The cornerback position has some depth. King is a good corner and is ahead of Hill on the depth chart and Carr will compete with Hill as the fourth cornerback in dime packages.

  6. Andrew Strickert Says:

    The one play I’ll always remember Archuleta for is one on which I wish his coverage skills hadn’t been that good – he jumped a Drew Bennett crossing route and took the ball about 90 yards the other way for a Rams TD in a game the Titans lost by 4 points. OK, maybe Steve McNair didn’t throw the best pass and Bennett didn’t run a good route, but Archuleta still made a big play.
    Brad, that’s an interesting possibility. I do think Eric King will compete for a starting job and Chris Carr will provide some solid depth and experience. Keep an eye on them if you go to training camp this year. Thanks for reading and taking the time to comment.

  7. Garland Says:

    You don’t sign an UDFA if you are worried about Chris Hope. I think it has to be looking for replacements for the backups, especially Nickey.

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